TV Buying Guide

What is the recommended
TV size to get?

We’ve put together some tips for
when it comes to choosing a TV size.

A wall mounted big screen TV displaying a country side landscape in a brightly sunlit living room. A wall mounted big screen TV displaying a country side landscape in a brightly sunlit living room.

How to measure
TV screen size

Calculating your TV size is less complicated than you might think. A TV's size refers to its diagonal length, which comes from measuring from the upper left hand corner of the actual TV screen to the lower right hand corner. Most are expressed in inches.

Rule of thumb:
bigger is better

TVs come in various sizes, but we recommend selecting the largest size your budget allows. If you're considering getting a TV that's 75 inches or more, there's something you should know. According to Samsung Internal Research, a major reason for purchasing new TVs is the demand for bigger screens. And that even after purchase, satisfaction remains very high. So, has there been a particular screen size that's been on your mind? Then, now's the time to go big and never look back.

Recommended viewing distance for your TV

All TVs have a recommended distance and angle that you will want to consider when setting it up in your home. The best and most immersive viewing experience is when 40 degrees of your field of view is taken up by the screen. This field of view distance can be calculated by just knowing the size of your TV. To get this suitable distance, multiply the screen size by 1.2. So for a 75 inch TV, that means sitting 90 inches, or 2.3 meters away. Have a look at the table provided to determine the recommended viewing distances for various TV sizes so you can choose the best TV size for your space.

A chart showing how far should you sit from a TV. The recommended Viewing Distance for a 55 inch TV is 5.5 ft (1.7m), 65 inches is 6.5 ft (2m). 75 inches is 7.5 ft (2.3m) and 85 inches is 8.5 ft (2.6m) for Big Screen TVs. A chart showing how far should you sit from a TV. The recommended Viewing Distance for a 55 inch TV is 5.5 ft (1.7m), 65 inches is 6.5 ft (2m). 75 inches is 7.5 ft (2.3m) and 85 inches is 8.5 ft (2.6m) for Big Screen TVs.

Other things to keep in mind

1. Check the actual TV dimensions.

The excitement of buying a new TV can often cause you to forget about the actual task of setting it up. A TV is more than just its screen size. The physical dimensions of a big screen TV, stand and bezel included, as well as its future placement in its room are all important factors to remember. Be sure to compare the exact TV dimensions with your furniture setup to avoid headaches down the road when setting up your big screen TV.

2. Check the TV resolution, especially with a big screen TV.

The general rule of thumb is that as the screen size increases, so should the total pixel count or resolution. The better the resolution, the more you see the image instead of the pixels. This is why when you buy a big screen TV it is highly recommended to go with a high resolution picture quality like 4K.

In order to show a necessity of big screen tv size, a single image of a mountain landscape is split down the middle by a white line to show a comparison of FHD and 8K screen resolutions. The image quality of FHD is pixelated due to having less pixels than 8K. There is a checker box infographic with large size squares and the word 'FHD' above it. The 8K image quality is much clearer and detailed due to having more pixels than FHD. There is a checker box infographic with large size squares and the word 'FHD' above it. In order to show a necessity of big screen tv size, a single image of a mountain landscape is split down the middle by a white line to show a comparison of FHD and 8K screen resolutions. The image quality of FHD is pixelated due to having less pixels than 8K. There is a checker box infographic with large size squares and the word 'FHD' above it. The 8K image quality is much clearer and detailed due to having more pixels than FHD. There is a checker box infographic with large size squares and the word 'FHD' above it.

Just remember, going
big means no regrets later.

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